The Election of Donald Trump

The Election of Donald Trump

Thomas J. Reese, SJ

Surprise and astonishment.

This was the widely shared universal response to the result of the presidential election in the United States.

Most experts had been mistaken in their predictions that the next president would be Hillary Clinton. The author of this article reflects on the outcome of the election and tries to answer these questions: Why did the surveys and the opinions of experts predict the wrong outcome? Why did Donald Trump win? What does this tell us about the future of American politics? What will change with President Trump? What will be the role of the Church in the next four years?

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